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Definition of take-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up

took up; taken up; taking up; takes up

Definition of take up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pick up, lift took up the carpet
2a : to begin to occupy (land)
b : to gather from a number of sources took up a collection
3a : to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting
b : to accept or adopt as one's own took up the life of a farmer
c : to absorb or incorporate into itself plants taking up nutrients
4a : to enter upon (something, such as a business, hobby, or subject of study) take up skiing took up the trumpet
b : to proceed to consider or deal with take up one problem at a time
5 : to establish oneself in took up residence in town
6 : to occupy entirely or exclusively : fill up the meeting was taken up with old business
7 : to make tighter or shorter take up the slack
8 : to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it
9 : to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

intransitive verb

1 : to make a beginning where another has left off
2 : to become shortened : draw together : shrink
take up the cudgels
: to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute
take up with
1 : to become interested or absorbed in
2 : to begin to associate or consort with

Synonyms & Antonyms for take-up

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence

Verb please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb India’s emblem, adopted in 1950, is modeled after a sculpture dating back more than 2,000 years to the reign of Emperor Ashoka, who famously renounced armed conquest to take up Buddhism and promote peace. Shefali Anand, WSJ, 14 Aug. 2022 Playing guitar is one of Maldonado’s passions, and Slash inspired him to take up that hobby. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, 12 Aug. 2022 As the son of two hero astronauts, Danny could have been the leader of the next generation that will inevitably have to take up the mantle of space exploration. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 12 Aug. 2022 Space on a device such as a watch is at a premium, so the system is designed to take up as little space as possible. David Phelan, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 Looking for the storage space and convenient height of full-length cabinets, but don’t want to take up any valuable floorspace? Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 2022 But the PACT Act, which the president called on Congress to take up last year, almost didn't make it to his desk for a signature. Gabe Ferris, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2022 The apparent federal investigation led the city's Common Council to hastily plan a meeting to take up a proposal to spend $250,000 on outside attorneys in late July only to cancel the meeting less than 24 hours from when it was first floated. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 9 Aug. 2022 The House is expected to take up the measure by week’s end. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of take-up


1832, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Take-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take-up. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for take-up

take up

transitive verb

Medical Definition of take up

: to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose

Other Words from take-up

take-up noun

take up

transitive verb

Legal Definition of take up

1 : to pay the amount of (as a note) : pay in full for
2 : to proceed to deal with take up a motion


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